MPS Discipline Approach and Philosophy
The school’s blended approach to discipline ensures that when students make mistakes, they have the opportunity, support and guidance from the school to change, while learning to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions.
The school uses a blend of behavourial change approaches and restorative practice to address mistake making by students. The ultimate aim to help the students develop self-discipline. The school wants to help students who make mistakes reflect upon their actions so that they will achieve lasting positive behaviour change, restore damaged relations and use the offending episode as a learning experience to ensure that responsible decision-making is developed and the offending behaviour is eventually extinguished.
The school aims to help students realise that it is important to live up to the school values. The school also works actively with parents and external agencies as partners to address students’ behaviour that requires improvement.
Offences and Interventions
While the school uses restorative practice to change student thinking through cognitive processing, the action-consequence nexus exists to complement this and provides balance in our applied character education and discipline efforts.
Level 1 Intervention (Actions by Form Teachers and Year Head)
· Improper school attire (e.g. shirt not tucked in, lowly worn belt, ankle socks, no name tag)
· Inappropriate general appearance (e.g. long hair for boys, untidy long hair for girls, long fringe, nail polish, long nails)
· Not bringing books
· Failure to do homework or late submission of work
· Disruptive behaviour during lesson
· Littering, not returning utensils in the canteen or eating in class
· Wearing of jewellery (e.g. rings, chains, bracelets and/or earrings)
· Possession of items that are a nuisance or cause disruption to other students or teachers
· 1st time offender: Verbal warning and counselling by Form (or Subject) Teacher.
· 2nd time offender: Verbal warning by Form (or Subject) Teacher and parents to be informed.
· 3rd time offender: Referral to Year Head and conferencing with parents by Year Head and Form Teacher.
· Confiscation of items – may apply after second similar offence
· Use of Restorative Practice
· Repeat offender (more than 3 times) will be referred to the Case Management Team and Discipline Committee.
Level 2 Intervention (Action by Case Management Team (CMT))
Repeated (more than 3 times) acts of minor offence
• Playing truant
• Skipping classes/ Remedials/ CCA
• Rude, disrespectful. Defiant to teachers/ staff of school
• Use of vulgar or abusive language (verbal/ written)
• Dishonesty in tests or examinations
• Forgery and identity theft
• Assault and/ or fighting
• Bullying (including cyberbullying)
• Extorting money from others
• Threatening others with bodily harm
• Vandalism/ Damaging school property
• Using and possessing cigarettes/e-cigarettes/ vapourisers/ vape juice and vape cartridge and lighters/ matches
• Possession of pornographic material
• Substance abuse
Any other acts that adversely affect teaching and learning in school. (Action to be decided by CMT)
Students who commit a serious offence will face the following consequences:
· Issue of formal warning
· Referral for counselling
· Conferencing with parents
· Record of offences
· Be given at most “Fair” conduct grade
· Referred to external agency for assistance
· Use of Restorative Practice
· Service to School Programme
Repeat offenders (for 2nd, 3rd or subsequent serious offences) after CMT intervention will be referred to the Head of Discipline, Vice- Principal and Principal for Level 3 intervention
· Note: Repeat offenders will not be considered for any school-based or external academic/ character/ values award and/ or learning journeys, including selection for overseas immersion programmes.
Level 3 Intervention (Action by CMT together with Discipline Head, Vice Principal and Principal)
• Suspension/ Detention
Referral to External Agencies (e.g. Police/ HSA/ MSF )
Items that can be confiscated from students are those that are banned by the State, are prohibited for use in school, cause harm to self, other students or staff, and/ or cause nuisance or disruption. These items include:
• Weapons. Students are not allowed to have any weapons in their possession. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like items which can be used or intended to be used to cause harm to others. Any items that can be used as weapons or to vandalise property are strictly prohibited. e.g. knives (including penknives), comb with pointed ends etc.
• Electronic devices: Mobile phones, tablets, computers and music playing devices.
• All toy: Playing cards/ magic cards, electronic toys and soft toys.
• Hazardous and unhealthy substances: cigarettes/ e-cigarettes & vapourisers/ vape juice & e-cigarette cartridges / tobacco products and lighters.
• Immoral material: pornographic material, publications that depict violence or contain abusive language.
• Items that can be abused: chewing gum, spray paints, laser pointers and thinner.